This comprehensive book surveys Korean history from Neolithic times to the present. Michael J. Seth explores the origins and development of Korean society, politics, and still little-known cultural heritage from their inception to the two Korean states of today. Throughout, he adds a rare dimension by placing Korean history into broader global perspective. All readers looking for a balanced, knowledgeable history will be richly rewarded with this clear and concise book.
Michael J. Seth is professor of East Asian and world history at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Professor Seth, who has lived and worked in South Korea, is the author of Education Fever: Society, Politics and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea (2002), North Korea: A History (2018), and Korea at War (2023). He is also the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History (2016).
Michael Seth's A Concise History of Korea stands as the singular authoritative history of Korea for the undergraduate audience. In depth in its treatment of the social, cultural, military, political, and economic developments of Korea, it also presents a compelling image of Korea within the world. From the unique cultural constructions of Korean society during the Kingdoms and Dynasties to the pain felt under Japanese occupation, Seth makes the story of the Korean nation come alive. Comprehensive and engaging, Seth's work is an excellent text for college students new to the subject.
9/7/23, This title was featured in the “Forthcoming Titles in Asian & Asian American Studies, 2023” roundup.
2-Recent scholarship has been cited in the text and seventeen recent works have been added to the annotated bibliography.
3-The chapters on North Korean and South Korea in recent years have been updated to include developments up to the summer of 2023.
4-Short biographical sketches of women and men whose lives exemplify aspects of Korean history have been added to almost every chapter.